Posts tagged: happiness

Learn To Dance In The Rain

This was written by Steve Rizzo, a colleague at the National Speakers Association.  Having lived in Hawaii myself for a number of years, I connected to the sentiment...

A few weeks ago I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of Ameritus Financial.

My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense growth they were currently experiencing and will inevitably continue to experience in the coming years.  I knew the tension was high, but I was prepared.

One morning, two hours before my speech, I was having breakfast at a restaurant with a captivating view of the ocean.  As the waitress was pouring my coffee, I asked, “Why is it that no matter where they are, or what they are doing, Hawaiian people always seem to be happy and at peace with themselves?  Is there some kind of secret that I should know about?   And if there is, can you please tell me?”

She laughed and looked around as if to make sure that no one was listening and in a low voice she replied, “Mr. Rizzo today is your lucky day.  For today I will tell you the secret that most Hawaiian people live by”.  She sat down in the chair next to me, motioned me to get closer and whispered in my ear.  “We learn to dance in the rain”.

Before I had a chance to respond, she reached into her pocket and pulled out a laminated card and handed it to me and said “This is for you.  It really is a secret that should be shared with everyone.”   “Don’t wait for the storms of your life to pass.  Learn to dance in the rain”.

Read that again my friend.  That statement is a touchstone for living a successful, happier life, especially when you are experiencing intense change and growth of any kind.  That in part is the message I shared with the wonderful people of Ameritus Financial.

“Dancing in the rain” is an attitude that truly happy and successful people live by and few dancers come by it naturally.  Can you learn to dance in the rain when the storms of change and misfortune are pouring down on you?   I believe the answer is yes.  It’s a matter of shifting your focus and way of thinking when times are tough that makes the difference.

That is to say, when the storms of life are pouring down on you, you can muster up enough courage to dance and bless the things that life has given you, or, you can drown as you curse your challenges and unfortunate circumstances.   I don’t know about you, but I’ll take dancing over drowning any day!




Is this Your “Happy” New Year?

Make it HAPPY!

Make it HAPPY!

It’s January 4th so you’ve probably heard “Happy New Year” numerous times over the last few days.  We tend to say those words without giving them a lot of thought. But do you know what you need to do in 2010 for it to be a happy year for you?

When coming up with new year’s resolutions, it’s important to consider why they are meaningful to you. What’s the motivation for starting a program of going to the gym three times a week, losing 10 pounds over the next two months, finally beginning that book, or signing up for the art class? The bigger the motivation (i.e. a passion versus a weak desire or a “should”), the more likely you will be to achieve your goal. 

Ultimately, it’s about being happy, finding life satisfaction. I know, for example, that doing yoga brings me happiness. I don’t always feel like spending the time in my practice but since one of my passions is being extremely healthy well into old age, I am spurred on to make the effort. Were that not the case, I would probably be rather ho-hum about the frequency and amount of time I spent doing yoga.

So what is it that’s going to make you happy this year? Come up with a list, pick two or three and decide on one action that you can take within the next few days to move you closer to that “Happy New Year.”

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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